After graduating early and enrolling at Mississippi, 2017 long snapper Matt Baldeck has transferred to Michigan.
Incredibly honored and blessed to have committed to the University of Michigan. Big thanks to @TheChrisRubio. #goblue pic.twitter.com/iZGV4urXkm— Matt Baldeck (@MattBaldeck) February 10, 2017
Baldeck will continue to take classes at Ole Miss this semester before transferring to the University of Michigan to join the Wolverines.
According to Chris Sailer Kicking, the 6-foot-0, 220-pound athlete is ranked as a 4.5-star long snapper, which puts him as a Division 1 or Division 2 prospect.
The Player Review on Chris Sailer Kicking says: “Baldeck was extremely solid at VEGAS XXIX on January 14-15, 2017. VERY strong Long Snapper that is built well and is thick. Stout Long Snapper that will be able to withstand a college rush. Intelligent athlete that listens well and is always improving. Snaps a rocket back to the punter as he uses his whole body really well. The more consistent he gets, the better he becomes and the more he moves up the rankings. Solid upside on this powerful Long Snapper from the Northwest. Baldeck did really well at the Rubio Long Snapping fall camp in WA on October 23, 2016. He is easily one of the most powerful Long Snappers in the country. His snaps almost punish the punter when they get to him. Not uncommon for him to be in the low .7s to high .6s. Form is very good and he is using his whole body really well. Body is thick and his frame is solid. Baldeck is always improving and his athleticism is moving forward. Plays on the top team in Idaho so he is used to handling pressure. Going to be a solid pick up for a college in the next couple of months. Baldeck showed me some good at the TOP 12 & EVENT ELITE Camp at the IMG Academy in FL. He is a very strong Long Snapper who, when he is on, can have one of the most powerful snaps in the country. Ball can crush the punter when he gets his eyes and hands all the way through. Getting set and making sure to end the whole process correctly will make him an easy D1 Long Snapper. Has all of the tools and the last one, confidence in his snapping ability, will be the last key to making it all come to fruition. Potential is off the charts.”
Baldeck is from Lewiston High School in Idaho. The state of Idaho has two 2018 top-rated athletes in quarterback Colson Yankoff and defensive tackle Tommy Togiai. It will be interesting to see if adding Baldeck helps the Wolverines dip into the state of Idaho for the 2018 recruiting cycle.